In your local dentist’s conception of an ideal world, everyone would come into the practice of Barry Ettelson, DDS, PA, every six months for a routine dental exam and cleaning. This way, tooth decay and gum disease would never have time to get out of control, and procedures like tooth extraction and root canal therapy would only be necessary only occasionally. Unfortunately, though, this isn’t the world we live in. Many of us — due to busyness, mild fear of the dentist or some other reason — come in only when things get really bad. While our Sewell family dentist, Dr. Ettelson knows it’s not realistic for everyone to make their semiannual appointments, he would like to encourage you to give the office a call as soon as you notice the early signs of a problem, rather than waiting around for things to get really bad.
There are a number of symptoms you should be especially watchful for. The first is gums that go from being pink and firm to being swollen, red and bloody. Even bleeding during brushing and flossing is a problem requiring prompt professional attention from our Sewell family dentist at Barry Ettelson, DDS, PA. As you may already know, these are signs that, like lots of other Americans, you have gingivitis. If caught early, gingivitis is fairly easily treated with a professional cleaning, provided you stay on top of your dental hygiene at home. If left to fester, however, gingivitis becomes more and more difficult to treat, eventually leading to bone deterioration and tooth-loss. Another couple of warning signs you should pay attention to are increased tooth sensitivity and pain when chewing, as both can be indicators of gum disease and cavities.
We here at the Sewell family dentist practice of Barry Ettelson, DDS, PA, really can’t stress this enough: The sooner you get treatment for your mild symptoms, the better your chances will be that you won’t have to have significant periodontal or other types of oral surgery. Filling’s aren’t exactly fun, but they’re definitely preferable to a root canal or an extraction. Stop procrastinating. Call or use our online scheduler to set up a comprehensive dental exam today!